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Senate Republican lawmakers ask Trump to keep NAFTA

Donald Trump campaigned on keeping American Great….

He also campaigned on trying to get levy tarrif taxes on imports to America….

That idea seems to be going into the garbage….

Higher import taxes would invite higher export taxes on Amnerican goods and services…

Higher import product costs woul allow other countries to under bid American goods and service and COST America jobs and market share…

Republicans are NOT happy with Trumnp’s campaign promnise and probably will force Trump to go along with keeping the current trade agreements (With some changes )that President’s Obama and Clinton made….(Add this to Obama’s Iran deal also)…

Senate Republicans have strategically revved up their attempt to convince President Trump to not withdraw from NAFTA. Some senators and aides say he may not have understood how popular it was with the caucus until recently, and are encouraging him to focus instead on improving it.

Why this matters: This is Congress’s clearest shot at saving the trade agreement. If Trump decides to withdraw, Congress probably couldn’t stop him, and both the legal and economic consequences are extremely unclear.

Where it stands: Senate Republicans stepped up their attempts to educate Trump on the benefits of NAFTA in the late fall, going to the White House and speaking to administration members to make their case. Almost every senator I spoke with say they think it’s working, but some are still more nervous than others.

  • Several noted that in his remarks to the American Farm Bureau on Monday night, the president didn’t threaten to withdraw from the agreement, saying instead he wants the best trade deals possible.
  • “I think if you look at his statement very carefully, he did not mention termination … I think he’s made some real progress,” said Sen. Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a leading pro-NAFTA voice in the Senate.
  • Some senators say they think Trump only began to understand their position once they increased their outreach to him. “That’s why we’re taking the time to share our message with him. But I think it’s made a very positive impact,” said Sen. Joni Ernst….

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American farmer’s think Donadl Trump is trying to screw them and their livelihoods ….

Trump keeps telling people he can get a ‘better deal’ for America…

“America First’….

But American farmers aren’t happy about his threats to drop out of the Clinton era NAFTA trade agreements…

To do so the farmer worry would cut them out of world market as other countries replace them….While Trump thinks the world would come begging at his feet?….

Farmer don’t think so….

Trump’s action they see as a door opening for OTHER countries to  move into American markets and put America farmers out of business…

Trump’s past and present track record with making ‘deals’ SHOULD give the farmers worries…

As with immigration?

Donald Trump and Co. sem to be seeking to withdraw from the 21 Century world…

….the newly energized, growing frustration of the agriculture industry has hit what some are calling a milestone after it recently released a letter directly challenging Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross after he publicly disputed the idea that a NAFTA withdrawal would lead to a serious drop in exports.

“Unless countries are going to be prepared to have their people go hungry or change their diets, I think it’s more of a threat to try to frighten the agricultural community,” Ross said during an public event on Oct. 11.

The letter also responded to a threat Trump has been amplifying both publicly and privately to lawmakers in recent weeks: He would send notice that the United States would withdraw from the pact in order to pressure Canada and Mexico to agree to U.S. demands.

But agriculture groups say even that action would be cataclysmic and render meaningless the administration’s continuing promise to “do no harm” to agriculture through the NAFTA talks. Mexico has also said with no uncertainty that it would walk away from the talks if Trump resorted to that tactic.

“Contracts would be canceled, sales would be lost, able competitors would rush to seize our export markets, and litigation would abound even before withdrawal would take effect,” more than 80 associations wrote in their letter to Ross, which they made public soon afterward.

The six-page missive was meant to be an unequivocal recognition there was little expectation that the Trump administration would be helpful in trying to preserve NAFTA’s benefits for U.S. agricultural producers, according to sources who helped organize the effort….

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